SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) released on Tuesday its 2016-17 preseason women’s basketball coaches’ poll. Midland University has been picked to finish 11th in the highly-competitive conference in the preseason poll.
Dakota Wesleyan University and Morningside College each totaled 95 points to top the preseason coaches’ poll to win the 2016-17 GPAC Championship. The Tigers of DWU tallied six first-place votes while the Mustangs picked up five first-place votes.
Concordia University was tabbed third by the coaches with 76 points, followed closely by Briar Cliff with 72 points, Northwestern with 67 points and Hastings with 60 points were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Last year Morningside took the regular season and tournament titles in the GPAC, with DWU finishing as runner-up in the tournament. In all, six teams (Morningside, Dakota Wesleyan, Concordia, Mount Marty, Briar Cliff and Hastings) qualified for the NAIA Women’s Basketball DII National Championship Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Tyson Events Center.
Midland posted a record of 7-22 (5-16 GPAC) last season, but returns a veteran group of players along with a strong recruiting class for the 2016-17 campaign. Junior forwardJoelle Overkamp was an All-GPAC Second Team selection last year and junior guard Megan Kucks was an Honorable Mention recipient. Senior Miranda Paul burst onto the scene in 2015-16 while shooting 46% from three-point range.
The Lady Warriors open the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, November 1 against Bethany College at the Wikert Event Center in Fremont, Nebraska.
Points in the poll were awarded on an 10-1 basis and coaches’ could not vote for their own team.